A NEW niche wall and an expansion of the lawn burial section are planned at Kerang Cemetery.
Victorian Government funding will contribute towards the expansion to accommodate more burial capacity and placement of cremated remains.
Kerang Cemetery Trust chairman, Scott Strachan estimates that the expansion will accommodate interments for the next 50 years.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said that the trust had been allocated $20,000 for the two projects.
Mr Gepp said that the funding was part of a State-wide investment to ensure the final resting places of our loved ones are maintained in a respectful manner.
"The State's cemeteries offer many unique insights into how Victoria has grown and developed," he said.
The grants program helps cemetery trusts, the vast majority of which are run by volunteers who maintain and improve cemetery facilities, so they can be utilised by many generations to come."
Mr Strachan said that part of the undeveloped eastern side of the cemetery reserve will accommodate the expanded lawn burial section and a niche wall will be constructed adjacent to the eastern internal road bordering the new lawn section.
The existing niche wall has only a few of the 36 sections available and the new wall will have spaces for 120 cremated remains.
"Limited spaces are available in the lawn section, so we need to expand soon," he said.
Mr Strachan said that the new lawn section will be established in the south-eastern corner, with parking spaces available.
Four or five rows will be developed, each with the capacity for 100 burials. The graves in this section will face north and south. The current lawn and monumental cemetery graves face east and west.
"We will be applying for more grants for the watering system and will only plant grass in the first area as the development takes place," he said.
The overall project is estimated to cost around $30,000.
Mr Strachan said there are also plans for redevelopment of the southern boundary garden to enable cremated remains to be placed near plants.
Mr Gepp said that the government recognises the tireless work of local, volunteer-run trusts and their need for extra support to maintain our cemeteries.
"In many cases local cemeteries provide a snapshot of the history and growth of Victoria so it's important they are not neglected," he said.
"Family and friends deserve to be surrounded by a pleasant environment when saying goodbye to a loved one or visiting a grave, and this funding will ensure that happens at the cemeteries."